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EGYPT: Conscientious objector Maikel Nabil Sanad arrested by military police

  • Egypt

War Resisters' International has been informed that Maikel Nabil Sanad, a conscientious objector to military service, has been arrested by military police in Cairo at 2pm today. The military police used a military jeep with number plate 440700.

It is presently not known to War Resisters' International why he has been arrested, and where he is being held. However, we are very concerned for his safety, especially as Maikel Nabil Sanad is a conscientious objector, and had been arrested previously in November 2010.

We are concerned that the arrest of Maikel Nabil Sanad today is an attempt at getting back at a conscientious objector at a time of chaos.

War Resisters' International calls for urgent letters/faxes of protest to the authorities of Egypt:

Director of Military Judiciary
Major-General Ahmed Abd Allah
Military Judicial Department
Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +202 2 402 4468 / +202 2 411 3452 (ask for fax)

Military General Attorney
Major-General Medhat Radwan
Military Judicial Department
Cairo, Egypt
+202 2 412 0980 (ask for fax)

Minister of Defence
His Excellency Muhammad Tantawi
Ministry of Defence
Cairo, Egypt ;
A protest email can be sent at

War Resisters' International demands the immediate release of Maikel Nabil Sanad.

Andreas Speck
War Resisters' International


Update 5 February

War Resisters' International has been informed that Michael Nabil Sanad has heart and blood pressure problems and something may happen to him if he doesn't take his medication. He was arrested at 2pm Cairo time on 4 February, and does not have his medication with him.

Maikel Nabil Sanad released

War Resisters' International has been informed by Maikel Nabil Sanad that he has been released on 5 February at 7pm local time.

He writes:

"Egyptian Intelligence Just Released me today 7 pm ( After 29 hours of Arrest ) ... They beat me a lot, sexually harassed me, threaten me to be tried in front of a military trial, wanted to make me join the army, stole my ID & Mobile phone. I spent The Worst days of my life, They were making revenge to my refusal of the military service... I'll need a couple of days to rest after this horrible experience."

Thank you all for your support.

Andreas Speck
War Resisters' International